NCAA Regulations and Guidelines for Future College Athletes
The NCAA produces a very useful guide entitled The College Bound Student Athlete, that provides a great information for players planning to play soccer at the collegiate level. If you or your player is considering starting the recruiting process, you should read this manual first: The College Bound Student Athlete.
All prospective college athletes need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. The main pages for the Clearinghouse can be found at this link to the site: NCAA Clearinghouse.
The NCAA provides many online brochures on a variety of topics that you might find of interest. Below are the links to these brochures: Eligibility & Recruiting Information.
Contact numbers for the NCAA Clearinghouse
Customer Service: 1-877-262-1492 (toll free)
24 hour Voice Response: 1-877-861-3003 (toll free)
Additional Links for information:
- National Letter of Intent Guide
- College-Bound Student-Athletes Initial-Eligibility Resource Center
- NCAA Sport Listing ALL Colleges who sponsor soccer
The information on this page is provided to players and parents as a basic guideline on how to engage in the recruiting process to play college soccer. Also, you can refer to DOC Jeff's checklist for College Steps to be used during high school.
Starting with the Class of 2016 (high school freshmen), the changes are as follows;
• An athlete must finish 10 core classes before his/her senior year. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science. See below for the definition of a core class.
• Athletes must have a minimum GPA of 2.3, up from 2.0.
• You can be an academic redshirt your freshman with a 2.0 GPA. You will only be able to practice with the team the first semester.
• Minimum GPA for junior college transfers increased to 2.5, up from 2.3.
For Division II, you have to have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Along with GPA's, the NCAA takes into account your SAT and ACT scores as well. Here's how the NCAA incorporates standardize tests:
• Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA).
• Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
• The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
• The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the college recruiting process please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Schellenberger.